Since the last information provided to residents of Nazeing by Epping Forest District Council, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has issued further updates.
- two fire appliances remain on site at the Birchwood Industrial Estate
- water is no longer being drawn from a local lake via a high volume pump
- Hoe Lane is now open to traffic
The fire continues to burn under control and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service expects to be at the scene for at least the next 24 hours.
The Epping Forest District Council Emergency Planning Team distributed a letter to residents in Nazeing earlier today prior to the updates listed above.
Text of the letter can be seen below.
“Information Update “ Birchwood Industrial Estate, Nazeing – Fire
You may be aware that Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has been tackling a fire at the Birchwood Industrial Estate off Hoe Lane since the early hours of Monday morning. You may have seen the flames, a glow in the night sky, or the column of smoke. However, residents should not be unduly alarmed. The fire is under control and while inconvenient to local residents, it hopefully should not cause you undue stress or concern.
The seat of the fire is a very large wood pile originally intended for recycling into chipboard and other products.
Three fire appliances remain on site at the estate as Firefighters continue to manage the fire. The wood pile has burned steadily but under the control of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. The material is thought to be clean wood burning at a very high temperature producing relatively little smoke. Residents living nearby and in Nazeing are being advised there is no need to keep their windows and doors closed although in the current cold weather most people will be doing so anyway.
Environmental Health Officers from Epping Forest District Council are supporting the Fire Service. They are also monitoring air quality at various points around Nazeing which has so far raised no signs for concern. The Environment Agency is monitoring water run-off from the site but the situation is being helped by the Fire Service recycling water, collecting it as it runs off the wood pile and spraying it on again. Further water supplies are being brought to the site from hydrants in Hoe Lane and from a local lake via a high volume pump.
It is thought the fire is likely to burn for several days. Wind and weather may affect the timescales. Fire Breaks have also been created to separate the burning sections of the wood pile from the rest.
We cannot be certain when the fire will be fully extinguished or what the weather will do over the next few days, however, the outlook is promising. Hoe Lane is closed but residents and businesses have access to their properties.
If you would like further updates please listen to broadcasts on local radio stations. You can also log on to the Council Website, www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk which we will keep up to date with the latest news from our colleagues at the Fire Service.
Please accept my assurances of our support.
Deputy Chief Executive
(Epping Forest District Council Emergency Planning Team)”